Category Archives: Women and Parliament

Reflections on the Vote 100 project and the Lady Astor Statue project #Astor100

The final installment for the Women and Parliament blog series in 2018 is rather appropriately written by Linda Gilroy, former MP for Plymouth Sutton (1997-2010). Linda tells us about an exciting project to raise a statue of the first woman … Continue reading

Posted in 20th century history, Women and Parliament | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

From ‘my charming angel’ to ‘a fool and tool of a party’: The love letters of Mrs Sarah Sidney to Baron Ossulston

In this latest blog post for the Georgian Lords, Dr Charles Littleton, senior research fellow on the Lords 1715-1790 section, considers a surprise find among the personal papers of a Whig peer in the early years of the eighteenth century. … Continue reading

Posted in 18th Century history, Georgian Lords, House of Lords 1660-1715, Party splits, Politics, social history, Uncategorized, Women and Parliament | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

A night in Parliament: Militant Suffragettes and Parliament

We are delighted to post this guest blog in our Women and Parliament series from one of the public historians who has been at the forefront of activities to commemorate the centenary of the first women winning the right to … Continue reading

Posted in 20th century history, Women and Parliament | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Women behind the polls: the electoral patronage of Anne St John, countess of Rochester

Earlier this month the History of Parliament Trust with partners UK Parliament’s Vote 100 project and the Schools of Humanities at the University of Westminster held a conference to mark the centenary of the passing of the 1918 legislation that … Continue reading

Posted in 17th Century history, Early modern history, Elections, James I to Restoration, Women and Parliament | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

“The Cause of Decency against Indecency”: Lady Chatham and the 1788 Westminster election

The latest post from the Georgian Lords features a guest blog by Dr Jacqueline Reiter, biographer of the 2nd earl of Chatham, on the role of the countess of Chatham in the notorious Westminster by-election held in the summer of … Continue reading

Posted in 18th Century history, Elections, Georgian Lords, Uncategorized, Women and Parliament | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Before the vote was won: women and politics, 1868-1918

Dr Kathryn Rix, Assistant Editor of the House of Commons 1832-1868 Section explains the relationship between women, Parliament and politics in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, particularly focusing on their expanded role within local government in the prelude to … Continue reading

Posted in 19th Century history, 20th century history, Women and Parliament | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Life Peerages Act 1958: First Women Life Peers

Today marks the 60th anniversary of the announcement of the first life peers after the passing of the Life Peerages Act, 1958. This Act also allowed women to sit in the House of Lords for the first time so this blog is … Continue reading

Posted in 20th century history, Post-1945 history, Women and Parliament | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment